De-Criminalizing Our Youth

De-Criminalizing Our Youth


Part of the Ending Violence Without Violence Virtual Training Series

From 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM

At Zoom Webinar

Presented by the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Seven Dancers Coalition, and Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action /

Donna Hylton, author of 'A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound,' will discuss systemic oppression through foster care, educational, child protective and other institutions where racism, oppressive practices, cultural incompetence, and lack of trauma-informed perspectives that set up youth for involvement with the criminal legal system.

About the Speaker

Donna Hylton is a women's rights activist and criminal justice reform advocate. Donna speaks publicly about the issues facing incarcerated women and girls and the significant impact the significant increase in the female prison population is having on families, children and our communities. Donna's own life took an unexpected and life-changing turn when as a child she was lured from Jamaica to the United States. Her memoir, 'A Little Piece of Light,' tells the story of the childhood abuse she endured, the spiral of events that lead to her incarceration and how she learned to live, love and trust all over again.


This event will be held via Zoom Meetings. Video participation is not required. The session will be recorded and distributed to those who register. Registrants will receive the meeting link by email.


This event will be conducted in spoken English. Language interpretation and closed captioning can be made available upon request. Requests must be submitted to at least 2 weeks prior to the event (January 29, 2021).

This offering is part of our Ending Violence Without Violence Virtual Training Series. Learn more at


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